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Aluvihara Rock Cave Temple

Matale, Ancient Central, Sri Lanka.
Location : Matale
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Aluvihara, the Luminous Cave Temple, is synonymous with the teaching of the Buddha. Aluvihara has rightly assumed its significance in the annals of the history of world Buddhism. It is in this very location that the Tipiţaka was documented on palm-leaves.
“Assembled the priests, who here compared their texts, which were then, or soon afterwards, committed to writing, and form the Banapota or Buddhist Bible. This took place about ninety-two years BC,” says Major Forbes in his work ‘Eleven years in Ceylon’ written in 1840. “Therefore, to the enlightened Buddhist, this secluded and comparatively unpretending cavern must be of infinitely greater interest than the Temple of the Tooth or Thuparama itself.”
Aluvihara also preserved with it a host of rich literature that had woven around the Tipitaka including commentaries.

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